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In our staff editorial, we encourage students to be informed about issues concerning the Stroh Center and USG elections | Page 4

There are some new Falcon fans in the crowd this year and they’re turning heads with their blank stares and masked faces. So who are these unknown spirited figures? They’re the Falcawockeez (fal-ca-wak-eez). Freshmen Peter Mills and Tyler Jarosz have been donning their Falcawockeez masks since the first home football game in September. The idea for the Falacwockeez came to Mills this summer before he was officially a Falcon. His inspiration: the Jabbawockeez, a group of dancers who won the MTV contest “America’s Best Dance Crew.” The Jabbawockeez wear blank white masks while performing innovative dance moves to create a unified look. Mills made that idea his own, and decided to get his best friend and roommate, Jarosz, in on it. “When ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ came on we fell in love with the Jabbawockeez because they were so sweet,” Mills said. “And we thought how sick would this be if we wore these [masks] to the games.” With a little orange and brown paint and some Falcon sports apparel, the Falcawockeez were born.

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Two former University graduates advocate students to vote no on the Stroh Center referendum tomorrow | Page 4

Meet the new netbook

Columnist Levi Wonder discusses the newest advancement in computer technology: the netbook | Page 4

Falcons face off in WNIT

Women’s basketball will host the Indiana Hoosiers tonight in Anderson Arena in the third round of the WNIT | Page 10

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Coalition holds open forum Waynick, University administrators field Stroh Center questions By Andy Ouriel and Amy Gostkowski The BG News

Hosting Cleveland State this weekend, the Falcons pulled out a 10-6 win on their home field | Page 10

What they lacked in numbers, the attendees of last night’s town-hall meeting made up for in passion when firing questions continuously for the 90-minute session. Last night, the Coalition for USG Reform sponsored an open forum to help students ask any questions regarding the Stroh Center and tomorrow’s referendum. Questions such as how the initial $60 fee was implemented, the lack of information presented to

the student body and how the outside community would perceive the student’s final decision were promptly answered. Each of the approximate 40 people in attendance had a chance to ask questions of the administrators present and involved with the planning and promoting of the new arena. USG President John Waynick, AthleticDirectorGregChristopher, Vice President of Student Affaris Ed Whipple and Marketing and

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With the increasing popularity of summer classes both on-campus and online, the University has reduced the per-credit-hour fee for this summer by 15 percent. Students often take advantage of summer classes to get ahead in their studies, graduate on time or make room for internships during the school year. The new fee structure pertains to current students, transfer students and guest students. Kim McBroom, associate vice president for Marketing and Communications, said the decision stems from conversations students had with the former provost last fall.

“Students had expressed that they wished summer rates could be a little less expensive. The provost and finance department reviewed the part-time rate, realizing they could revisit part-time student calculation for how the rate per credit hour was calculated,” she said. The rate was then recalibrated to make it much more advantageous for students looking to take part-time classes. “When you are going part-time, it has been adjusted downward to make the costs more appealing,” McBroom said. “If someone would like to take a class or two to catch up or get ahead, it is now much more cost effective to do that.” In a campus e-mail sent March

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The actual text of the referendum: Shall the USG vote to approve resolution 2008/09-08, showing support for the Stroh Center, be repealed?

By Choosing No, you are voting to uphold USG's Resolution (2008/09-08) to support the Stroh Center (includes $60 fee)

___Yes BEN LOHMAN | THE BG NEWS

DISCUSSION: At the Town Hall forum guests debated the Stroh Center and topics for the vote. Guests included (left to right) John Waynick, Dave Kielmeyer and Greg Christopher.

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University reduces summer fees, makes classes more affordable

“Probably how they spend students’ money.” | Page 4

This month’s In Focus section has all of the information needed for USG elections | Page 7

Students inspired by MTV dance crew show spirit at athletic events

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4, 2009, University President Carol Cartwright explained the decision. “Given the current economy, we think this is one way we can help our students control their education costs. The lower summer percredit-hour fee gives students the opportunity to stay on track with their education plans or get ahead at a more affordable rate.” Junior Aimee Klingelsmith took summer classes for the first time last year and will do so again in the upcoming semester. “I actually found out about the 15 percent [savings] after I registered so that was just a nice perk,” she said. “But I’m taking

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Despite rumor, pop culture department to remain By Allison Borgelt Reporter

A floating rumor that the University might shut down the Department of Popular Culture due to financial issues was debunked by Angela Spence Nelson, department chair and associate professor, and Simon Morgan-Russell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The rumor was news to Nelson. “I haven’t heard anything like that at all,” she said. “There’s a lot of talk about budget issues on campus right now and people’s contracts not being renewed ... I’m thinking it’s probably connected to that, because that’s the big thing on everyone’s minds.” Nelson said no money has been taken away from the department,

and that its operations have been running as usual. “If they would say that they were going to take away our operating budget, then we would have a problem,” Nelson said. “I’m hoping we wouldn’t be told such a thing ... but I haven’t heard any kind of talk like that at all.” Nelson said she wondered where the rumor was coming from, and she thought it seemed “kind of odd.” “Even if something were coming down the line, it seems like our department would know,” she said. “This is my seventh year as department chair, and I don’t recall anyone saying the Department of Popular Culture [was] going to be shut down.”

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Christopher Williams, 23, of Bowling Green, was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after police found three marijuana pipes and .18 grams of marijuana in his possession. Yancy Nearhood, 29, of Haskins, Ohio, was cited for possession of marijuana after handing an officer a pill bottle containing .03 grams of marijuana. Brien Strancar, 24, of Toledo, was cited for possession of marijuana after turning over less than 100 grams to officers.

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According to Morgan-Russell, no decision to close any department has been made in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Popular Culture is doing well, Nelson said. “We’re just as strong as ever with our classes, and students really, really like our film classes,” Nelson added. “I mean we’re bursting, every semester.” Nelson said the Introduction to Popular Culture class (POPC 160) is especially popular with students, and that the department has “never had to close down an intro class because we didn’t have enough students.” “I think we have a good future, just based on student interest where it stands even right now,” Nelson said. Benjamin Phillips and Sarah Lafferty, graduate students in the department, both voiced a strong commitment to popular culture at the University. “It would be a detriment to the University for them to fully close the department because it draws both international and national students for its graduate program,” said Lafferty, a graduate of Rhode Island College and vice president of the Graduate Student Senate. “I wouldn’t have come here without that specific department.” “I haven’t really heard any rumors about [the department closing], and I hope that the program doesn’t get cut,” Phillips said. “It provided me with a wonderful opportunity these past two years, and it would be a shame if future students didn’t get the same chance that I did.” Phillips organizes the Popular Culture Colloquium Series for the

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“I think we have a good future, just based on student interest ...” Angela Spence Nelson | Professor department, which he described as “a monthly opportunity for faculty members at Bowling Green and [from] surrounding communities to share some of their recent research in a friendly and helpful environment.” He invites one faculty member per month to give an hour-long presentation and hold question and answer sessions afterward. “It’s a great way for students and faculty to learn about research avenues within popular culture,” Phillips said. “It’s fun to hear what people are researching.” The final colloquium will include thesis presentations by Phillips, Lafferty and Stephanie Plummer, another graduate student. The colloquium will be held Thursday, April 16 at 11 a.m. in the 207 Mylander meeting room in the Union. The Department of Popular Culture is currently in its 35th year at the University, and Nelson said a celebratory symposium has been discussed for next year, in conjunction with the University’s 100th anniversary.

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“We rock them out at the games with full BG gear head-totoe,” he said. But the Falcawockeez don’t get dressed up just for their love of the Jabbawockeez or even sports here at the University, Mills said. Their goal is to get the crowd excited about the games. Mills, who said he never got a chance to be crazy at sporting events in high school, is making up for it now. “I love getting into stuff like this,” he said. “It’s something we can do to stand out.” FreshmanSamNovakgoestoall the games with the Falcawockeez and said they bring energy to the crowd that is “crazy spirited.” “I go with them to games and paint my face or wear my Waffle House uniform just to be goofy and to get people excited,” Novak said. Novak said the crowd is drawn to the Falcawockeez just like Freddie and Frieda or SIC SIC. She added the Falcawockeez enjoy how unique and exciting sporting events can be with both spirit groups. The Falcawockeez like to be part of the excitement by getting the crowd “wound-up and supportive.” “Tyler and Pete are extremely spirited and they’re extreme

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sports fanatics,” Novak said. “They dress up to put spirit in people.” Mills said the Falcawockeez mask empowers him to be “overthe-top spirited” at the games because no one can see who he really is. Mills also said while the Falcawockeez intrigue fans, he also enjoys the reactions people have to their costumes. “These are the most fun things ever, I absolutely adore it, because it freaks people out. It’s so fun to be behind this blank stare,” he said. Tyler Jarosz, the other Falcawockee, said toward the end of football season the Falcawockeez were like celebrities and have continued to be recognized for their spirited behavior and costumes. “Everyone is like ‘Can we get a picture with you?’,” he said. “It’s pretty crazy.” He also said the Falcawockeez have gotten a lot of offers for their signature masks and where student can find them. But the masks are not for sale. With their newly add fan base, the Falcawockeez are often asked if they plan on expanding the group with more “highly spirited masked men” but Jarosz said for now they’ll just stick with the two of them. “We really just like keeping it between us two,” he said. “We want it, for right now, to just be

our thing.” The Falcawockeez have said they do plan on expanding the sports they attend other than basketball and football. “We’ll probably go to some baseball games and we have to go to soccer next year,” he said. The Falcawockeez have learned that the spirit they bring to the crowd at games has gained them support from some athletes too. Freshman Marc Stevens, a University football player, said as an athlete, having students in the stands like the Falcawockeez is encouraging. “It’s really nice to see [fans] like that,” he said. “It’s always better when people are crazy and loud and the crowd is cheering.” Stevens said he also enjoys how genuinely supportive the Falcawockeez are and how crazy they can be in the stands. “I absolutely love it when they [wear the masks]; it’s fun to see,” he said. While the Falcawockeez plan to continue showing their masked faces at University sporting events, Mills said he encourages more students to join in the fun with the Falcawockeez and “just go nuts” at the games. “When you’re in a crowd, have fun, don’t hold back, not even a little bit,” he said. “That’s why we have so much fun [as Falcawockeez]; we just want to show our spirit.”

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into three sessions: one eightweek session, and two six-week sessions, resulting in faster paced classes. Both core courses and electives are offered during the summer. The fast pace makes it easy for students to fall behind, Byer warned. He advised students to be aware of assignments and their due dates. “Because you do get to work on your own, it is easy to let yourself get behind on readings and other assignments,” he said. More than 700 class sessions are offered on-campus and an additional 200 more are offered online.

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The University, along with higher education in general, was called out this morning at the “Sustainable U� presentation at the University for not promoting and incorporating sustainable practices and values into all areas of higher education. The concern over of the lack of sustainable efforts in higher education was issued this morning by the senior fellow at Second Nature and one time Provost at Ithaca College Peter Bardaglio during his speech, “Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change.� This is also the title of the new book he co-authored with Andrea Putman, which will be in stores April 5, 2009. Moments into his speech Bardaglio acknowledged the fact that the University has not yet

cited for disorderly conduct with persistence after both students refused to stop struggling with Campus Police after being apprehended. The parking lot fights took place after Two students cited for multiple incidents requiring police intervention during a multi-cultural dance held in fights on Sunday night occurred the Union Ballroom. After participants were Two male University students were escorted from the ballroom outside the building, cited Sunday night after three to four fights police said a number of different fights broke out erupted in the pay parking lot at the west in the area for unknown reasons. entrance to the Union Grand Ballroom. According to police reports, Johnson was Steven Johnson and James Meeuws were witnessed swinging his fists and hitting another

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signed the President’s Climate Commitment. Six hundred and two higher education institutions have signed this commitment to pledge their dedication to reducing their institutions green house gases, according to the President’s Climate Commitment Web site. University President Carol Cartwright would have been the person to confront on this subject, but she was unable to attend the presentation and give her welcoming comments due to illness, University Provost Mark Gromko said. Although the President’s Climate Commitment has not been signed by the University, Gromko acknowledged other sustainable and environmentally friendly programs the University is encouraging. Such programs include the orange bike exchange to encourage less

See EVENT | Page 5 male, knocking him to the ground. Officers then pushed Johnson to the ground and handcuffed him. As he was escorted toward a patrol car, he began struggling with officers again before being subdued and placed inside the vehicle, police said. Police also said Meeuws continued to fight with four other subjects after being ordered to stop by officers. As a result, he was peppersprayed and handcuffed. Once Meeuws was handcuffed, he remained cooperative, police reports said.

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Brown bag event honors women mentors By Theresa Scott Reporter

Yesterday women across campus were asked to invite their favorite mentor to a catered lunch in the Women’s Center. The “The 11th Annual Bring Your Favorite Professor/Mentor to Lunch� event was hosted yesterday to capstone March’s Women’s History Month. Students were encouraged to bring the one woman who has made a difference in their lives as a professor or mentor. Mary Krueger, director of the

Women’s Center, welcomed those in attendance and invited the mentors to join in discussion with the other women in attendance. “This is my favorite event we do because there is no agenda,� Kruger said. “There is no expectation but to celebrate your favorite mentor and be grateful for the women who have influenced you in your life at BGSU.� Kerry Jones, a doctoral student in Higher Education Administration, invited her mentor, Evlyn Asheley, a second-year doctoral student, to be her guest at the luncheon.

“I invited her because she has a listening ear, and she has been so helpful this year,� Jones said. Asheley said she was honored to be chosen as Jones’s mentor. “The fact that she would even think of me is very flattering,� Asheley said. The Women’s Center was filled with guests who swapped stories about how the University has changed in the past 20 years and what their plans are for the future. Dana Roof and Lee Meiser, graduate students at the University, sat

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What is the most important issue for USG?

“The Stroh Center because some students are for it and some students are against it.”

“[The Stroh Center] is the biggest problem students are facing. Some are for it and some are against it.”

“They should focus more on student involvement.”

“I have no idea.”

CINDY BOYD, Junior, Special Education

MICHAEL JOCOBY, Freshman, AYA Social Studies

KELLEY ESTREMERA, Junior, Spanish

SELENA STRICKLING, Freshman, Political Science

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Stroh Center debacle reveals USG should work harder to inform students It all comes down to keeping the campus informed. Tomorrow, students across campus will be pinned with “Pro Stroh, vote No” buttons, rained on by informational pamphlets and hounded by crowds wearing Stroh Center T-shirts. It was impossible to pick up The BG News this week without reading advertisements, guest columns, articles and letters to the editor about the Stroh Center. Now that the student body will be voting either for or against USG’s Stroh Center resolution, it’s suddenly important to inform the stu-

dent body on the particulars. However, informing the students should have been a priority all along. USG’s resolution includes the approval of a $60 student fee to help pay off $22 million remaining to build the $36 million basketball arena. The $60 fee is a detail that affects all students. Apparently some students — more than 1,000 of them, well in excess of the number of signatures required to send the resolution to a student vote — were caught off guard by the details of the resolution. In all fairness, University

administrators and USG did host several open forums addressing the Stroh Center and the student fee months before the resolution went to vote before USG senate. The meetings, however, were full of empty seats. Not many students were paying attention. It wasn’t until the night USG passed the resolution that the seats filled with concerned students and members of the community. As expressed in a staff editorial in The BG News at that time, the turnout at that meeting should have been an indi-

Netbooks, latest electronic trend LEVI JOSEPH WONDER COLUMNIST My portable computer is a dinosaur. Being a rather large and cumbersome behemoth of a laptop with a ravenous appetite for electricity and a marred brushed aluminum coating, it’s an ugly, clumsy, power hungry computer. And it’s not the most easily portable thing in the world either. Plus, it has the capability to burn the hair off from the tops of my thighs if I rest it on my legs for too long. Damn, those computer processors can get awfully hot. Sometimes I think my computer is possessed by some kind of fire demon or something. Scorched thighs aside, my aluminum rectangle and its ilk had better watch their backs, because a new breed of portable computer is on the rise, making strides with its inherent simplicity and appeal amongst the Generation Y market. Say hello to the newest species in town that’s replacing the dinosaurs: the netbook. If you’re not familiar with the term “netbook,” you’ve surely seen one of these microcomputers in some place or another over the past couple of years. Basically, they’re really tiny laptop computers. Netbooks are trimmeddown portable computers designed specifically for lowintensity computing tasks such as Web surfing, wireless communication and word processing. They’re slim, sexy, power-efficient machines

with tiny (yet equally sexy) screens and cases designed for maximum portability and power efficiency. Essentially, netbooks are ideal for on-the-go people and businessmen and women who need internet access frequently. I think college students fall within this category, too. That’s probably why I see so many kids around the University campus using them. These computers are popping up all over the place. I think it’s indicative of a growing trend within the consumer electronics industry: people these days want them small. Really small. And if consumers want them, they shall receive. I see the growing netbook trend representing an ideal middle ground between multifunctional cell phones and traditional “notebook” laptop computers. Consumers want multifunctionality in their electronic devices, and netbooks can satisfy demand for such a device very well. With a netbook, one can surf the internet, listen to music, use Skype to call other people, communicate via instant messaging and e-mail, read e-books, play games and a multitude of other things. That’s a killer app right there, if you ask me. It’s probably why I see my existing computer as being so big and bulky. It lacks the superior portability of a netbook. As Wi-Fi hotspots continue to pop up all over the world, and while internet-savvy consumers continue to display increasing demand for efficiency, portability and convenience in the ways they communicate, I can only see netbooks becoming more prevalent as time goes on. Funny thing is, we’re see-

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ing the exact opposite happen within the cell phone industry. Consumers don’t want their cell phones to be smaller anymore: they want them bigger. Ever since the text messaging phenomenon took over a few years ago, cell phones have been redesigned with full QWERTY keyboards and wider screens so people can more efficiently send text messages to each other and browse the webernets with ease. Funny — shortly before this started to happen, everyone was cracking jokes about how much smaller cell phones were going to become. Now they’re getting huge. Sacrificing some portability for additional features has made its permanent mark on the cell phone market, but despite this march toward larger cell phones, I see this trend as being directly related to the shrinking size of portable computers. Think about it: traditional laptops are too cumbersome and large to carry around everywhere, and smaller cellphones are limited in their functionality. So, by having our laptops shrunk into netbooks and by increasing the size of our cell phones to be more practical for texting, we’re steadily marching toward an all-in-one wonder somewhere between a small computer and a big cell phone. I’m just throwing around ideas, of course. But these netbooks are popping up all over the place recently, and it represents changes in the way we communicate and share information with each other. In the information age, portability is king. Expect to see more netbooks in the future. Respond to Levi at thenews@bgnews.com

cation that USG could have done a better job talking to more students. A week later, members of the Coalition for USG Reform were collecting signatures and waving signs. It’s important to understand that the reform group did not oppose the Stroh Center or the $60 fee, although some of its members may have. The group formed to question the process to which USG determined an indication of student support. Rather than adopting the “you-elected-us, thereforeyou-should-trust-us-to-represent-you” attitude, USG

should have launched an aggressive informative campaign outlining why they are approving a $60 fee for future students. By improving communication with the student body, perhaps USG may be able to restore some of the damaged trust this reform has caused. No matter what the outcome of the student vote may be, the referendum has successfully prompted an information campaign and engaged much of the campus in the democratic process. The lesson learned is that students care about the

future of the University and being properly represented by their elected representatives. The BG News hopes the student body recognizes this and treats the upcoming USG election with equal enthusiasm. Now that the students have earned a voice, it’s important for them to get educated. The facts can be found all over campus and in this paper. Vote for the future student, and for the future of this institution. Get involved and vote for a student government that truly represents the student body.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Students urged to support their USG leaders I love Bowling Green State University. My wife, a University graduate and former track athlete, and I are proud Falcon fans. I’m writing to appeal to all students to vote on March 27 and to vote no. As a former member of Undergraduate Student Government, I believe in USG and it is important that a university has a strong student government structure. USG leaders are elected by their peers and are charged with making decisions in the best interest of the student body. Like our leaders at the state and federal level, they are also charged with making decisions that could impact students long-term. They have every right and responsibility to vote on a student fee of $60 for the Stroh Center and campus parking improvements. I

Students asked to vote and pass down their legacy to future bodies I am a 1986 graduate of the University, and I have found my education to be excellent preparation for a fulfilling career that included 14 years on Bowling Green City Council, as well as more than 20 years in marketing and development. My education at Bowling Green was built on the many contributions of those who came before me. The far-sighted investment of University leaders and students created an outstanding educational environment, from the faculty to the facili-

remember supporting a student fee for the Perry Field House even though I had one semester to utilize the facility. I supported it because it was the right thing to do for generations of Falcons to follow. Today that building is used by students on a daily basis. When I come back to visit the University and walk through the BowenThompson Student Union, I’m proud of that building and I’m proud student leaders who followed me voted for a student fee to make that building happen so you and those coming after you have a fantastic facility to meet friends, eat, shop, hold student meetings, work and enjoy. Never underestimate the importance of paying it forward. What would campus look like today if those before us didn’t keep our success and future in mind? I ask you to vote no on March 27. Support your USG leaders that you elect-

ed. This is about more than a new concert venue, arena and better parking for students. It’s about students supporting students and a fundamental governing system that has been in place for almost 100 years. Just like in our state and federal government, people have a right to be heard and to lobby, but in the end, our elected officials make the call and cast the vote in our best interests. Our student government is no different. A vote of no means you support your right to participate in the University’s governance.

ties, before I even arrived. In the Stroh Center referendum, you are being asked to vote to leave your own legacy to people you may never know or meet. The Stroh Center will transform how people look at the University, and form lasting memories from the moment it opens. It is part of a strategic facility plan that will improve the buildings and educational environment in all parts of campus. I understand times are tough. Many University graduates are experiencing that just as students are. However, now is perhaps the best time we have ever seen to build a facility like this. Interest rates and construction costs are

very low and present a great opportunity to maximize the investments of everyone involved. I read from referendum organizers that the key thing was for students to have a voice in this decision. Now that they do, I urge every voter to consider their legacy at the University, and vote to allow student fees to be invested in the Stroh Center. The benefits will continue for decades to come.

By Jason Jackson. Jason is a 1994 University graduate in Communications who served as a USG Senator from 1990-1992 and USG President from 1992-1994. He currently works as a Miami Heat TV host and courtside reporter. Respond to Jason at thenews@bgnews.com

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automobile traffic, energy and recycle wars in the dining and residence halls along with green tailgating initiatives. While these projects are taking a step towards sustainability, Bardaglio called for more attention on the critical thinking aspect of sustainability. “Sustainability is critical thinking,� he said. “It asks you to balance dynamic interactions between economic, social and environmental health.� To have a successful dynamic

interaction between these three areas, the status quo of focusing on economic efficiency needs to be left in the past to look towards a future of successful sustainability in higher education, Bardaglio said. A successful sustainable future for higher education means demonstrating day-today sustainable practices in the classroom, viewing power as resource of other means than just control, viewing society’s relationship with the planet as mutually beneficial and using effective leadership and critical thinking skills to teach students and colleagues how to better use

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together and shared stories about the University in the early 1970s. “We both used to have hair down to our waists!� Roof said. Meiser remembered fondly the mentors she had as a student then and enjoys talking to and mentioning students now as a graduate student in enterpreneurship. After the luncheon the mentors were given carnations and certificates to remember the event by. “I just love this,� Kruger said. “I love looking around the room and seeing all the positive energy.�

Program makes couples rethink vow meanings By Michelle Olmstead Reporter

“Until death do us part� is a promise sworn by countless couples on their wedding day. But how many of them fully grasp the concept of such a permanent commitment? Engaged couples seeking help in writing their wedding vows need to look no further. Annette Mahoney, a clinical psychologist licensed since 1992, along with eight advanced graduate students in the Ph.D. clinical psychology program at the University, are now offering a free program to help students with vows. This nine-session program is organized around the traditional vows. Each session’s topic is centered on a component of the traditional vows, such as “for better or worse,� or “in sickness and in health.� Other topics include: -Promising to Love, Comfort, Honor and Keep -For Richer or Poorer -Forsake All Others -Building a Family -Until Death Do You Part “We’ve organized the program around the standard vows that have been around for centuries,� Mahoney explained. “And then we’re going to try to help the couples really talk about what those

vows mean to them, and how their spirituality helps them think about and understand what they’ll actually do in each of the topics.� Open to the Bowling Green community free of charge, the wedding vows program will run from now until May. Couples will meet together with one graduate student during each session at scheduled times that are convenient for them. Mahoney believes the happiness induced by engagement and weddings sometimes clouds the minds of couples. In the midst of wedding plans, crucial subjects are often overlooked. “I think that when people are headed into marriage, they’re usually really happy and it’s hard to anticipate and really talk through some of the things they may encounter, like financial problems — for richer or poorer. Or if you encounter sicknesses — you’re not sick right now, so why do you really stop and think about it?� Mahoney said. “What we’re really going to try and help people to do in each of the sessions is think about ‘What would for better or for worse be like for us?’� she added. Emily Padgett is one of the eight graduate students that helped to create the program as a part of an advanced course in the Psychology

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USG Elections: Time to choose who represents you KYLE REYNOLDS IN FOCUS EDITOR

In my four years at this University I have never seen so much attention going to Undergraduate Student Government. Most of this attention is a result of the Stroh Center vote and the resulting formation of the Coalition for USG Reforn. I hope as much interest that has been generated about the Stroh Center will be generated about the upcoming USG elections.

Elections will be held March 30- April 3 and students can vote online. This is your chance to elect who will represent you for the next academic year because students do not always get a referendum on issues like the Stroh Center. So keep in mind the people you elect to USG will be the ones making some important decisions for you.

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The Great Debaters

Presidential candidates make their case for students By Kyle Reynolds In Focus Editor

BEN LOHMAN | THE BG NEWS

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Junior Double Major- Political Science and Psychology Running Mate- Kevin Basch Experience in USG- vice president, at-large senator, proxy senator Experience in other campus organizations- Student Alumni Connection, Dance Marathon, president and founder of Coalition of Servant Leaders, Alumni Laureate Scholars and President’s Leadership Academy.

Senior Major- Political Science Running Mate- Enoch Wu Experience in USG-USG organizational liaison committee chair, USG off-campus senator, Experience in other campus organizations- member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, president of the Recreational Athletic Student Union, member of Hall Council and Latino Student Union.

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What are your primary goals?

What are your primary goals? “Well if elected president I think it’s difficult to say everything that we want to do because one thing that I found out as vice president this year is that a lot of issues sort of pop up. And so broadly speaking we’re going to grab those issues when they come.” Section O-“One is the over-occupancy issue. Bowling Green has a law that says no more than three unrelated people per home. We don’t think that’s fair because a lot of those homes have more than three bedrooms, which means rent goes up. So we would like to see that number moved to four, a little bit of a compromise.” Campus beautification- “We want to continue campus beautification and take it to the next level. This year we’ve done a lot of initiatives to help inspire things like the landscaping around the Union, trees around dumpsters, that kind of stuff. But we’ve also raised a lot of money to get new signage on the Bowling Green overpass and we’re going to look into getting money to renovate buildings like Hanna, University and Moseley in conjunction with the centennial campaign. Dining Services- “Beyond that we are also trying to focus a lot on

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Community- There has been some animosity between the student body and residents of Bowling Green over recent years that Emmelhainz said he would like to mend. “And some of the results of this animosity are that things like they are enforcing the zoning laws restricting students to three unrelated [persons] per house, which means students get evicted, etc.” Students contribute to this animosity from residents by not respecting Bowling Green, Emmelhainz said. “Students do not treat this town like they treat their hometown. You don’t throw your beer cans on your parent’s lawn, it just wouldn’t happen. And at the same time residents look at students and say they’re only here for four years they’re not really members of Bowling Green and really it is a college town. He cited a possible solution as setting up community service projects for campus organizations to get involved in Learning- “We’re here to learn and one of the things that BG is kind of behind the times in [is in] terms of classroom facilities, in

See EMMELHAINZ | Page 8

AT BGVIEWS.COM: Watch both Mutgi and Emmelhainz discuss their platforms and views on USG issues in more complete detail

ELECTION TIME: Presidential candidates Sundeep Mutgi and Rob Emmelhainz and vice presidential candidates Kevin Basch and Enoch Wu discussed their goals if elected.

Candidates take students’ questions By Kelly Metz Campus Editor

Undergraduate Student Government presidential and vice presidential candidates, clad in suits and ties, stood in front of over 70 students ready to debate the issues and platforms for the 2009-10 school year last night. Rob Emmelhainz, with running mate Enoch Wu, and Sundeep Mutgi, with running mate Kevin Basch, came prepared with a five-minute opening statement, in which they listed their platforms and told last night’s crowd in 111 Olscamp why they would be best for the executive USG seats. “We are very familiar with USG and the transition would be almost non-existent, so we are ready to hit the ground running and work on tangible issues when we’re elected,” Mutgi said. “We need to be a representative of the students both on and off campus and make sure the student voices are heard,” Emmelhainz said. The candidates were each given two minutes to answer questions posed by moderators Lindy Bobbitt and Stephanie Zeller of the Procedures and Appeals branch of USG and Kyle Reynolds of The BG News. Emmelhainz and Wu were very concerned with the student voice being effectively

USG’s responsibilities are to the students By Andy Ouriel Reporter

Government has always been a crucial component to keep peace within society, and the theory is no different at the University with the Undergraduate Student Government. Acting as an influential government, accurately representing the student body and making rational decisions are the basis of USG’s mission statement. But in order to function as a coherent government, USG has to keep one particular group of people in mind throughout every decision: the students. “It’s our job to not only represent the student voice, but to proactively look for it,” President of USG John Waynick said on the involvement of student government. Senators do not just vote strictly on their opinion. USG prides itself on getting informed opinions from as many students within a constituency. After collecting the necessary information, senators can make an informed decision on an issue. “It’s not them representing their opinions,” Internal

Affairs Committee Chair Leo Almeida said. “It’s whatever the opinion is of their constituents.” “You have to go out and find the student voice,” Waynick said. Within USG, senators represent constituents both on and off campus. There are also senators appointed to more specific areas, such as having each college represented by a USG senator. “We’re looking for the best members to represent people,” Vice President Sundeep Mutgi said. Even though it seems like a great system, with any government, the public is quick to notice its faults and with this many people involved, problems are inevitable, especially when money is involved. Last month after senators took part in the Stroh Center vote, controversy swarmed throughout campus. Not only were people upset they would have to pay a future $60 fee for the new arena starting in 2011, but they felt USG did not represent the student body to the fullest of their extent.

See ROLE | Page 8

communicated to USG senators and executive board. “The student voice should be the focus of USG in general and it’s when that voice is heard when we can get things done through the administration,” Emmelhainz said. “Any decision that might go through USG should go to students first.” They also noted the student voice when faced with the question “What challenges do you think students will be faced with next year and how do you go about confronting them?” “A lot of money goes into the University and it should be up to the student voice to be represented and say where it’s going,” Wu said. “Students are represented,” Basch said. “It’s called USG. You either voted or didn’t vote to make sure we voice our opinions and represent you. We need to make sure students are motivated on all the issues because the only time they are up in arms is on the big ticket issues.” Emmelhainz said students weren’t effectively informed about the Stroh Center — something that should have been from the start. Mutgi agreed he would have marketed more when the Stroh Center debate

See DEBATE | Page 12 AT BGVIEWS.COM: To view highlights of the USG Elections debate.

Appointees fill empty Senate seats By Kate Snyder Assistant Campus Editor

graduate vote. “As far as installing the referendum, the rally was a gigantic success,” founder of the coalition Steve Currie said. “It was good for free speech and success in students getting involved.” The group is not just standing idle as there is more to accomplish as they are adamant about getting as many people out to the polls on Friday as possible.

Sometimes even after a rigorous election, the USG senate still has openings. Sometimes the openings are from senators who resigned earlier in the year, or from positions never filled. Either way, the senate can go through an appointment process to bypass another election and fill those empty seats as soon as possible. “As long as there is a vacancy in the senate, we are able to appoint somebody to the senate,” said USG Speaker Eric Young. Current senators fill out a recommendation form, Young said, including the recommended person’s GPA, class standing and a personal statement from the current senator. The president looks over the form and decides if the appointee warrants an interview. If yes, the appointee interviews with the president, vice president and speaker. Then the general assembly

See COALITION | Page 8

See RETENTION| Page 8

ALAINA BUZAS | THE BG NEWS

REFORM: Students protest and petition for a student referendum on the Stroh Center after USG decided to approve a resolution to endorse the facility instead of allowing students a referendum. The protest was organized by the Coalition for USG Reform.

Coalition for USG Reform aims to empower students’ voices By Andy Ouriel Reporter

In 095 Overman Hall where geology class would normally take place, a group is looking to leave its own impression on the University and try to make it as historical as any fossil discussed in that room. Every Thursday, the Coalition for Undergraduate Student Government Reform meets to talk about their discontent toward USG leaving students’ voices unheard, especially in

the case over the Stroh Center. When USG passed the legislation requiring future students to pay $60 to fund approximately two-thirds of the $34 million cost for the Stroh Center, the coalition was displeased students did not have a voice in the matter. On March 6, the coalition had its coming out party to counter USG’s resolution. The coalition acquired 1,262 signatures, almost double the amount needed to put USG’s original decision to an under-


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EMMELHAINZ

ROLE From Page 7

From Page 7 terms of learning environment and not being as nice as it could be, as nice as many of our sister schools.”

BEN LOHMAN | THE BG NEWS

SUNDEEP: Previously has worked as vice president, at-large senator and proxy senator.

MUTGI From Page 7 dining options. There is a lot of big changes in dining from management to actual services provided. I think one example that we are using is Wendy’s contract is up in 2010 and whether or not they will be replaced by someone else or if they’re going to renew their contract. We’re going to have a lot of student input on things like that.” “And then lastly a platform that you know we talked about was something that we really wanted to push next year is that we have a strong tradition between Kevin and myself. I’m the vice president now; Kevin’s a member of [executive board] and a senator. There’s not going to be a lot of transition, so we’re going to be able to hit the ground running. And I think that is a platform in and of itself.”

What do you feel is USG’s role? “Well the paperwork will tell you USG’s role is to be a liaison between the students and the administration, but I think USG’s primary role beyond that is to be an advocate for students. And that would be whether it pertains to the city whether it pertains to academics or just student living in general, it’s to fight for the rights of students and fight for benefits for students and trying to just help them out anyway we can and that ranges on issues, but that’s the primary focus.”

How do you personally reach out to the student body? “The way I like to get out to students is in a lot of different ways. One would just be classes, people I’m sitting next to; I try to talk to them as much as I can and to sort of get a pulse for where campus is. Beyond that I know I also worked really closely with our beat reporter just through USG trying to get agendas the same. We call back and forth trying to get different articles posted on issues that USG is doing. So we’ve really tried to utilize the news sources this year.”

“I know we can’t build new buildings and we don’t have the money for that, but let’s work with the University to find some new solutions…Let’s kind of improve our classrooms and let’s also work towards more technology. Let’s have professors use Blackboard , I know they won’t be incredibly happy with me saying this, but you know these facilities, technologies and resources are there for students to learn better, so let’s use them.” Our Student Voice- “There are two parts to that, number one transparency. We’ve got to work to make sure what the administration is doing is transparent, is visible to the students. And then number two is that what USG is doing with the administration is also visible to students.”

What do you feel is USG’s role? “I believe USG’s role is to serve as the liaison between the students and the administration of the University and specifically in that role USG should represent the student’s interests, student’s concerns [and] issues to the administration and ensure that the administration is transparent on issues to the students; so the students really have a voice and not only a voice, but also actually input into decisions

RETENTION From Page 7 votes to accept the new senator or not after a Q and A with the appointee. While some students might think their voices are being disregarded, Young said this process was just as democratic as holding elections. “The vote from the senate is by extension a vote from the students,” he said. Last year, 18 senators were elected and seven senators were appointed for this year. Nine resigned this year. On the amount of resignations, Young thought people were getting overwhelmed by the work required. “I think that the problem lies with people not fully understanding their responsibilities in USG,” Young said. At-Large Senator Johnnie Lewis said whenever he appointed senators, he made sure they knew they had to attend each weekly meeting, as well as fulfill office hours and outreach hours each week. Because Lewis also said the amount of outreach a sena-

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ROB: Previously has worked as the organizational liaison chair and off-campus senator. the University makes before they’re made as opposed to giving input and then having decisions made that had nothing to do with the input.”

How do you personally reach out to the student body? “I go out to organizations, speak to organizations, asking for issues and concerns and we have spoken to at least a third of the organizations on campus this year, so 300 plus organizations. It’s impossible to ever get to all of them you know schedulewise. Also as a senator in addition to speaking to organizations on major issues, like the Stroh Center. As I said before I personally spoke to about 160 people, 162 I think, which I kind of figure like when you kind of think about it like any politician anywhere is never going to speak to that much of their constituency. As an offcampus senator I represent probably 600-800 students, so if I’m speaking to 150 that’s what 20-25 percent.”

“I think the problem lies with people not fully understanding their responsibilities.” Eric Young| USG Speaker tor does can matter more than whether they were elected or appointed. “I’ve appointed some really good senators in the past,” he said. He said appointed senators with the ability to get out and talk to their constituents and put in the office hours can represent the students just as well as those who were elected. “What you do with those minimum requirements is up to you,“ Lewis said. “The only reason I’ve been successful in USG is that I wanted to be successful.” Secretary Jessica Kremer said senators with busy schedules can pick up each other’s slack, but each individual has to make the commitment. “People want you to do your jobs,” she said. “People don’t usually recommend someone who can’t do the job.”

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The Coalition for USG Reform organized shortly after USG’s decision on Feb. 23 declaring future students would have to pay the fee. The coalition was not upset over paying the fee, but the process in which the senators went out and got votes, and the fact that many were not able to vote due to not fulfilling required office hours mandatory for each member. Even though the group is suspicious of USG’s activity to the point where they formed a group to be the “watchdogs” , it does not mean the student government is annoyed with the group’s presence. “I think it’s really exciting that we have such a large group of students that are really passionate about an issue,” Almeida said. With the Stroh Center being a hot topic around the University, Almeida hopes there will always be students who care enough to voice their frustrations in a civil manner. “I hope they recruit more students to do that in the future,” he said about the coalition. “If we could have two groups that come togeth-

COALITION From Page 7 Without 10 percent of the undergraduate body, the vote will be void and USG’s original decision will stand. This is why the group feels they need promote the vote as much as possible to show students on campus are concerned about major issues directly involving them. “Voter education is a very high priority. Not just to get people to know the facts so they can make an informed decision, but know when the referendum is [and] how to access the vote,” Currie said. “We need to get people plugged in so they can have their voice heard,” he said. Getting voices heard is exactly how to avoid the current corruption certain coalition members currently feel about USG. “There are numerous problems within USG that need to be addressed,” coalition member and Danni McConnell said. Some of these problems include multiple senators missing meetings and not fulfilling office hours causing many of the coalition members to question some of USG’s responsibility McConnell said. “USG has the potential to really be the voice of the student body and educate themselves on what the student body desires and what is best, but they simply are not doing that,” she said.

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“USG isn’t motivated by fear. What USG is motivated by is [what] will benefit the students. These are college students trying to help each other...” Sundeep Mutgi | USG Vice President er and duke it out, I think that would be wonderful. That’s the purpose of a democratic government.” But government cannot please everyone and Waynick is prepared to take on some resistance as being one of biggest figureheads at the University. “If you are not tackling issues to make one side angry, then you are not doing your job right,” Waynick said. But for anyone to think USG acts corrupt while making decisions is uninformed about USG’s actual processes Advisor to USG Jill Carr said. “I have been advising USG for four years and never felt USG behaves unethical,” she said. Carr said senators need to take their responsibilities very seriously and when they take their oath into office, senators have to stay true to their words from day one until the end of their term. “I think one thing we can

always improve on is accountability,” Almeida said. “You have to make sure that once those people take office, they are being held to responsibilities.” Even with resistance from groups like the coalition, it does not mean USG has to lie down and take orders from a group challenging their values. “USG isn’t motivated by fear,” Mutgi said. “What USG is motivated by is [what] will benefit the students. These are college students trying to help each other. The students are motivated by the desire to help out other people.” While it’s impossible to please everyone, Waynick stands behind every USG decision due to each member being educated and able to discuss issues in a rational way he said. “I respect our entire USG government. I’m proud as hell of our USG,” Waynick said.

“There is a lack of effective communication,” Currie said. Even though students have to be knowledgeable on subjects directly impacting them, it is USG’s job to get the word out more effectively then they have done so in the past Currie said. “We take a realistic stance, students are at fault, but so is USG.” “If they are not committed to the position, get them out. It’s my feeling that their needs to be more structure there; that if senators keep neglecting to serve their hours, they need to be removed completely from the senate,” coalition member Joe Edens said. While stating problems is one thing, the coalition is not just standing idle. McConnell and Edens are two of eight members within the coalition running for senatorial positions in next month’s election. By running for these open seats, coalition members will try to have the other senators remember initially why they are serving in the first place. With a group in place, it can almost help put pressure on USG-a group all students want to see succeed McConnell said. Staying true to the coalition’s values, Edens will make sure the he gets opinions from as many people as possible, and if elected to the senate, continue to dedicate himself to serve the students. “It is the most important aspect of this position: to talk

“There are numerous problems within USG that need to be addressed.” Danni McConnell | Member and receive the opinions of as many constituents as possible,” he said. “I think my dedication and my passion for this position has been a beacon through this campaign. And Edens will help try to spurn his motivation back onto the students and USG members alike to install passion about issues on campus. “If the members of the USG cannot be passionate, how can they expect the students to be?” Edens asked. While values will be taken into the senate from coalition members, it is still undecided if the group will exist past this year. Activism will always be needed, and in a time when students have been more involved than most faculty and staff members can remember, Currie feels there is always a need to have caring individuals on the outside looking in. “The coalition will have to grow a new breed of leaders and there are some,” Currie said. “As long as there is government screwing up, there will be someone pissed about it and eventually when enough people get pissed, someone stands up.”

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BGSU students will begin and end their college careers at the Stroh Center. BGSU’s new 4,700-seat arena will be the site of graduation ceremonies, student orientation, concerts and other campus events, and serve as the new home for Falcon basketball and volleyball. Construction of the state-of-the-art facility will begin this fall and be completed in late 2011. How are campus buildings funded? Funding for buildings at state universities in Ohio comes from three sources. Academic buildings like the Wolfe Center for the Arts receive state funding. Dining and residence halls are built with revenue generated by the facilities. General-use buildings like the Stroh Center and the BowenThompson Student Union are funded with a combination of private dollars and a student fee. How is this project being funded? The $36 million Stroh Center will be funded through a combination of debt service and private gift support. The private fund-raising goal for the Stroh Center is $14 million. $22 million will be borrowed for the project. Plans call for a new student fee of approximately $50 per semester to pay off the debt. How far along are you in the fund raising for the Stroh Center? To date, more than $13 million has been raised through outright cash gifts and pledges. This includes a contribution of nearly $8 million from Kerm and the late Mary Lu Stroh, for whom the building will be named. With so many facility needs at BGSU, why is the Stroh Center a priority? The University’s Building Dreams Campaign that began in 2002 identified the Stroh Center as a priority. The Stroh Center and the Wolfe Center for the Arts are the first in a series of major building and facility upgrades that the University will launch in the next few years. These projects include renovation of the Student Health Center, major upgrades to dining facilities and residence halls, and renovation plans for the University’s oldest buildings– Hanna, Moseley and University halls. BGSU will also make major upgrades of critical campus infrastructure and implement an energy conservation plan.

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Why can’t the donations for the Stroh Center be used to fund other priorities like academic buildings? We must honor the wishes of our donors. Those donations to the University were designated for a specific use–the Stroh Center. BGSU cannot legally or ethically divert those funds for other purposes. Shouldn’t the University wait for the economy to improve before launching major construction projects like the Stroh Center and the Wolfe Center for the Arts? No. This is actually a great time to build. Due in large part to the poor economy, construction costs are the lowest in recent memory. Interest rates for borrowing money are also very favorable. In addition, students won’t begin paying the fee until the Stroh Center opens two years from now. Hopefully, the economy will have improved by then, reducing the burden of a new fee. How much will the student fee for the Stroh Center be? When will the fee begin? When will it end? The student fee to pay for the debt service on the Stroh Center will be approximately $50 per semester. The fee is similar to others the student body has paid for student-centered facilities like the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and the Student Recreation Center. The fee will have “sunrise” and “sunset” clauses, so it will not begin until the Stroh Center opens and it will end when the building’s debt service has been paid. An additional student fee of approximately $10 per semester will be used to pay for new student parking lots to replace the parking spaces lost to the Stroh Center. Among current students, only this year’s freshman class will pay the new fees.

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The Stroh Center is being built in a student parking area (Lot 6). What happens to the student parking spaces? There will be no net loss of student parking. The University will expand the student parking areas west of Perry Field House (Lots 5 and 12). The marching band practice area near the field house will be relocated nearby.

What’s wrong with Anderson Arena? Venerable Anderson Arena is the oldest arena in the Mid-American Conference that has not undergone major renovations. It is not easily accessible to those with disabilities. It is becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and operate. In addition, the configuration and acoustics make it poorly suited for graduation ceremonies, concerts and other campus events. What will happen to Anderson Arena? In the short term, Gymnastics and the athletic department’s Academic Support Services will move into areas vacated in Anderson. ROTC will also remain in Memorial Hall. Why wasn’t the Stroh Center designed to be a dual-use facility with an ice surface so the hockey team could also use it? This option was closely examined. However, it proved to be both too costly and impractical. Because of scheduling issues, BGSU would still need another facility and “sheet of ice” for the team to practice. If students overturn the USG resolution supporting the Stroh Center, will it still be built? Yes. The University sees the Stroh Center as a vital facility for BGSU’s long-term future. A student fee is by far the preferred method that has historically been used by BGSU and other state universities in Ohio. So a show of student support is important. Will the Stroh Center be used just for athletics? No. While the center will be the new home for Falcon basketball and volleyball, those programs will use it for only about half of the available time (around 100 days a year). For the other 100-150 events a year, the building will generate revenue through trade shows, convocations, lectures, concerts and other rentals.

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The Stroh Center will also provide a better guest experience for graduation, preview days, concerts and other campus events. It is estimated that around 500,000 people a year will use the new facility, making the Stroh Center an important public portal for BGSU. What impact will the Stroh Center have on the environment? When it opens, the Stroh Center will be the most environmentallyfriendly building on campus. The building is being designed to meet specifications for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. A Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED certification is one of the most prestigious and recognized ratings for “green buildings” in the world. Why was the Wooster Street site selected? The Wooster site was chosen for the Stroh Center based on a thorough selection process that considered many sites around campus. Parking access, utility costs and site costs were some of the factors. Ultimately, the Wooster site made the most sense for BGSU. How will seating be assigned in the Stroh Center? Students will have their own section like they do in Anderson Arena. Season ticket holders will get to choose their seats when the new arena is ready based on a priority selection process that will be developed. What is the timeline for the opening of the Stroh Center? Construction is expected to begin later this year. The building should be completed in 2011. A student fee will not be collected until the building opens. How many people will the Stroh Center seat? Capacity for basketball and volleyball will be approximately 4,700. About 5,000 seats will be available for concerts, convocations and commencements. For more information, visit www.bgsu.edu/StrohCenter.

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CYCLING Lance Armstrong could still race at the Tour de France After breaking his collar bone during a race in Spain earlier this week, Lance Armstrong’s chances of racing in the 2009 Tour de France were brought into question, with Armstrong himself calling it a serious problem. Now it looks like the seven time champion could still race for number eight.

ONLINE The BG News Sports Blog Be sure to log on to The BG News Sports Blog for continued news and updates on your favorite Falcon teams. We’ll have coverage of tonight’s WNIT game between the Falcons and the Indiana Hoosiers, as well as live blogs from all upcoming baseball and softball games, wireless Internet access permitting. Stay updated. www.bgnewssports.com

SCHEDULE TODAY Women’s basketball vs. Indiana; 7 p.m.

OUR CALL Today in Sports History 1973—UCLA wins their 7th straight NCAA basketball title.

The List Tonight marks the start of the Sweet Sixteen and another exciting weekend of basketball in the NCAA Tournament. Today we’re naming our picks for the final four. But these lists come in sets of five, so we’re also giving you our pick for the dark horse, because Cinderella might still be out there.

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OUTSIDE: Tracy Pontius has been consistent in the back court all season for BG.

INSIDE: Niki McCoy has stepped up, averaging 17.4 points in the last five games.

Falcons host Indiana in third round of WNIT tonight By Jason Jones Assistant Sports Editor

Dayton Flyers on Sunday. “They (Indiana) play hard, they play with a lot of pride, a ton of The women’s basketball team passion, and are going to work will continue to play deep into hard for 40 minutes,” Miller said. Indiana leads the all-time March tonight as they play host to the Indiana Hoosiers in the series between the two teams third round of the Women’s 3-2, having taken the last match National Invitation Tournament. up 75-67. That game, however, The Falcons, 29-4, advanced to was in Indiana. The series now shifts to BG, the third round after a dramatic come from behind victory over where the Falcons are an outthe Syracuse Orange on Sunday. standing 14-0 at home this seaNow the Falcons will have the son. Also playing in the Falcons’ opportunity to once again play a favor is the fact that Anderson school from a BCS conference. “It’s not easy to attract BCS con- Arena is expected to be packed ference teams and get them to for the game. This plays to BG’s come play here, so to have a sec- strengths because the Falcons ond team come into Anderson are 20-1 this season when playArena is a great opportunity for ing in front of a crowd of more us,” head coach Curt Miller said. than 1,000. A coaching connection is once Indiana, 20-10, of the Big Ten Conference, earned a spot in the again in the works as well, this third round after they defeat the time in the form of former co-

workers. Miller, and Indiana head coach Felisha LegetteJack coached together on the Syracuse staff for four years earlier in their respective careers. “We’re like brother and sister,” said Miller. Still, there is one overriding story line on the minds of Falcon fans, that being the right knee of Lauren Prochaska. Prochaska injured her knee as time expired in the team’s second round victory over Syracuse. On the game’s final play, Prochaska blocked a shot to end the game, but after coming down awkwardly, needed to be helped off the court. On Tuesday the team said Prochaska had suffered a major hyper extension of the knee, and bone bruise. But perhaps the most alarming news was that she was given a 25 percent chance of

playing against Indiana. “We’re just ecstatic that it’s not an ACL injury, and that it won’t require surgery,” Miller said. Prochaska, aside from being named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, is also now an All-America candidate in this, her sophomore season. If Prochaska cannot play, as it appears she won’t be able to, then the Falcons will need a number of players to step up. “It’s difficult when you lose a teammate, especially one that means what she does to this team,” Lindsey Goldsberry said. “But it’s just another thing we’re going to have to face and overcome.” Prochaska leads the offense

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After four non-conference tournaments on the road to start the season, the BG softball team has finally made its way back home. “It’s nice to sleep in our own beds and not be on the road,” said head coach Shannon Salsburg. “We can’t wait.” Today the Falcons (4-13) will play their first home game of the season as they welcome the Purdue Boilermakers for a doubleheader and the first game on the Meserve Softball Field. Game one is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. BG beat Purdue earlier this season, when Zada Lines’ single in extra innings drove in the goahead run giving Zada the Falcons the 6- Lines 5 win. Having to Hit a game play a team for a second time after winning RBI beating them the in the team’s first time is quite win over the confidence Purdue. booster, but coach Salsburg knows Purdue will be looking for revenge. “They’re going to be fired up to play against us,” Salsburg said. “If anything I think it puts a little target and we just have to show up and play our game.” For the Falcons to beat Purdue again they will have to play errorfree softball, which is something that has been missing thus far in the season. Knowing they have to step it up on the defensive side of the ball, Salsburg and her team saw the recently warm temperatures as the perfect opportunity to practice outside. “We took the entire weekend and really used the time that we had on the dirt to try and get better,” Salsburg said. “We are practicing as hard as we possibly can.” Aside from defense, Salsburg said she would like to see her team continue to not only stay aggressive at the plate, but from a pitcher’s standpoint, make quality pitches when they’re up in the count. The Falcons will continue their opening week of play at home this weekend when they host arch-rival Toledo to open Mid-American Conference play. Saturday’s game is scheduled at 2 p.m. with Sunday’s game set to get underway at 1 p.m.

1. North Carolina: We’re assuming that Ty Lawson will remain healthy. If this happens, the Tar Heels should have no problem with Gonzaga, and should put away Syracuse or Oklahoma. 2. Pittsburgh: DeJuan Blair has played like an absolute beast so far in the tournament, and with matchups against “mid-major” Xavier and either small Duke or Villanova looming, expect more of the same.

3. Michigan State: Tom Izzo has this team looking great, and flying under the radar. If you went out on a limb to put the Spartans in your Final Four, you’re smart. 4. Memphis: A young Tigers team will make it two Final Fours in a row by shocking the UConn Huskies. 5. Gonzaga: Here’s the dark horse. They were rated in many pre season top fives and have been underrated all year. If Lawson gets hurt, the Bulldogs could be in Detroit.

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GOING DEEP: Outfielder TJ Blanton hit his fourth home run of the season against Cleveland State. ELISE AMENDOLA | AP PHOTO

After delay, BG finishes Cleveland State our team.” BG added three more runs in the third, as Blanton lined a After a one-hour rain delay, BG’s three-run homer over the left baseball team pulled out 10-6 field fence. victory over visiting Cleveland Two innings later ,Blanton State. would homer again his fourth of “That was a good team W,” said the season, a fielder’s choice in BG coach Danny Schmitz. the bottom of the eighth brought The Falcons took control of BG’s final run total to 10. the game early, as they touched “First at bat was pretty bad, Viking starter Anthony Sambula so I wanted to adjust,” Blanton for five first inning runs. After said of his day at the plate. “So scoring three runs on RBI sin- the next two at bats were good gles and a passed ball, fresh- pitches, inside pitches and I just man Jon Berti homered to left drove the ball.” field bringing home two more On the other side of the plate, runs. five Falcon pitchers combined “That’s big, our team as hitters to limit Cleveland State to five we need to get the game out earned runs on 14 hits. Starting of reach early,” said TJ Blanton. pitcher Kyle Atkinson had a “It’s our job as hitters to make strong outing going four innings, sure to make things happen for only allowing eight Viking hits. By Sean Shapiro Reporter

Despite the strong outing Atkinson couldn’t pick up the win, while Richie O’Brien picked up the win after pitching the fourth and fifth innings only allowing one run. It was O’Brien’s second win of the season. “I thought Atkinson did a very good job, Richie O’Brien came in and got us through a couple innings and did outstanding,” said Schmitz. Brian Hangbers picked up the save for BG as he pitched 1.1 innings striking out two Viking batters. Sambula picked up the loss for Cleveland State, his second loss of the season.

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MID-MAJOR?: Xavier is looking to shed the mid-major title against the Panthers.

Xavier looking to shed mid-major title tonight Howard Ulman The Associated Press

hardly synonymous with early elimination. So when Xavier takes on BOSTON — Xavier should have Pittsburgh from the tough Big outgrown the stigma of being a East in an East Regional semi“mid-major” team with its suc- final tonight, the team with cess in NCAA tournaments. the better performance and Right, coach Sean Miller? not the stronger conference “How would you define that?” should prevail. he asked. “You can say we’re a midGood question. major, but we feel we’re an With the impressive NCAA elite level program and that’s tournament showings by what we try to focus on,” Xavier Xavier, Memphis and Gonzaga scoring leader B.J. Raymond this decade — all still in the See XAVIER | Page 11 tournament from non-BCS conferences — “mid-major” is


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Her play in the early stages of the Syracuse game was largely responsible for the Falcons being able to remain in the game despite a slow start. Tracy Pontius has also played well as of late, averaging 18.0 points in that same five game span. Pontius, who has scored over 30 points in a single game twice this season, has shown flashes of brilliance at time this season, and her ability to knock down shot from deep may be the best of any BG player. Those players who usually see limited time will also need to step up. Sarah Clapper will likely see an increased role, as will Victoria

McGowan. McGowan could see meaningful time at the point as Pontius will likely see time on the wing, as more of a shooting guard. Whatever Miller plans to do, it’s likely he’ll have his team ready. A win would match the Falcons up against either Marquette or Illinois State in the quarterfinal round, and would extend Goldsberry’s career another game. Goldsberry, who is already the winningest play in any sport in school history, will look to add yet another win to her fantastic legacy. Without Prochaska in the line up, it could be one of the most impressive of all.

ing shortstop Logan Meisler had to leave the game in the fourth inning after taking a bouncing ball to the face. Defensively BG played well, “He took a bad hop grounder only committing one error and off the lip,” Schmitz said. “The turned crucial double play in teeth are all intact, which is the fifth inning. good, Logan’s a tough young In a scary moment, BG start- man.”

Before the injury Meisler went 1-for-2 with a run and an RBI, Derek Spencer also tweaked his hamstring during the game according to Schmitz. BG will continue their season this weekend as they head to Northern Illinois for a three game series with the Huskies.

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out and not giving them second-chance opportunities.” Pitt is rested after playing just two games since losing to West Virginia in the first round of the Big East tournament on March 12. So any bruises from the battering the Panthers took against Big East teams should be healed by now. “Our practices are very intense, very tough. Guys leave bleeding most of the times just from drills we run. And it gets you ready for the games,” Fields said. “DeJuan had a little fall the last game, but he’s fine. So everybody is good.” Fields is the latest point guard to excel at Pitt. His assists-toturnover ratio is second-best in the nation. He recently passed Brandin Knight for most assists in one season at the school. In fourth place on that list? The current coach of Xavier, who played at Pitt from 1987 through 1982. “Coach did play there, everybody knows that,” Raymond said. “It’s the elephant in the room. But we’re just going to focus on trying to do our best and play at the highest level.” Even if they’re not in one of the highest-rated conferences simply because they’re not in a BCS football league. “To me, it’s so much more about your program than the name on the front of your jersey and what you stand for than whether you’re in this conference or that conference,” Miller said. “And I think college football and college basketball are completely different when it comes to that.”

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on a consistent basis, and also is the most dominant rebounder on the team. With Prochaska out, Niki McCoy and Tracy Pontius will have to step up each of their games. Niki McCoy has already done a fine job of stepping up her game lately, having averaged 17.4 points on 54.2 percent shooting in the team’s last five games. Against Syracuse, when Prochaska struggled to score early in the game, it was McCoy who repeatedly drove to the basket to score or get to the line.

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said yesterday. The Musketeers reached the round of eight in 2004 and 2008 and are in the tournament for the eighth time in nine years. Memphis lost in the championship game last year and is in the round of 16 for the fourth straight year, the longest current streak. And Gonzaga is in the round of 16 for the fifth time in 11 straight NCAA tournaments, though it lost in the first round the past two years. The Big East has a record five teams in the round of 16 from the group of seven that made the tournament. Pitt, the regional’s top seed, has been hardened by the physical style it encountered game after game. But that may not be a huge edge against a taller Xavier team, the regular-season champion in the Atlantic 10. “I don’t think there’s any advantages, really. You’ve got to play against good people, I think, in any conference,” Panthers coach Jamie Dixon said. “There’s 16 good teams left, very good teams. It may build in some ways character with the teams you play, but at the end of the day it’s who is playing well two weeks, three weeks after the conference (tournament) is over.” Pitt (30-4) had all it could handle in the first round against East Tennessee State before beating the No. 16 seed in the regional, then topped

Oklahoma State 84-76. The Panthers are in their sixth straight NCAA tournament under Dixon but haven’t advanced beyond the round of eight in the other five. “No game is guaranteed in the tournament,” Pitt point guard Levance Fields said. “Being No. 1 seed, everyone is gunning for you. We think we did a great job taking the team’s best shot and making plays we needed down the stretch to win the game.” Fourth-seeded Xavier (277) advanced with wins over Portland State and Wisconsin after going just 5-5 in its previous 10 games. And now it must face a Pitt team with an outstanding point guard in Fields, a powerful rebounder in DeJuan Blair and a dangerous scorer in Sam Young, who had 32 points against Oklahoma State. “Where it really starts and stops is to be physical ourselves, to not allow them to dominate us on the glass,” Miller said. “Our defense in general is what has allowed us to have 27 wins. It’s why we’re here and what we just did last weekend. Our greatest strength will be tested against, to me, the best at doing it.” But the Musketeers are bigger — three of their starters are taller than the Panthers’ tallest, Blair — and have greater depth. So Pitt’s regulars must avoid foul trouble. Fields is most concerned about Xavier’s size. “They’re really tall at every position,” he said. “We’ve got to do a great job of boxing them

Connecticut basketball facing recruiting scandal STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut said it will review a Yahoo! Sports report that the school broke NCAA rules when it recruited former basketball player Nate Miles. Miles, a 6-7 guard from Toledo, Ohio, was given lodging, transportation, meals and representation by sports agent Josh Nochimson, and a UConn assistant coach knew about the relationship between the player and the agent, Yahoo reported, citing interviews, documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and other sources. Nochimson, a former student manager for UConn, was considered a representative of UConn’s athletic interests by the NCAA and was prohibited from having contact with Miles or giving him anything of value, Yahoo reported. Records also show that five UConn coaches called Nochimson and text-messaged him at least 1,565 times during a nearly two-year period before and after Miles’ recruitment in 2006 and early 2007. Head coach Jim Calhoun had 16 of those communications, Yahoo reported. UConn released a statement yesterday saying that when it began recruiting Miles, it consulted its outside counsel, who worked with NCAA staff to examine everything about Miles’ amateur status. “The NCAA’s Eligibility Center

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DEBATE From Page 7 first appeared on the USG floor, but stands by how USG handled the situation. “We could have put a couple more senators on the ground floor and done more marketing and asked what students really thought,” he said. University and community collaboration was another issue both candidates said need worked on because the students make up a large portion of Bowling Green. Mutgi said fireside chats could be held weekly to educate students on the government goings-on and Emmelhainz said placing banners around campus and triweekly updates would educate students. “We will work out of our pocket to have USG publicized if we have to,” Emmelhainz said. “We can hold events such as

FORUM From Page 1 Communications Director Dave Kielmeyer were not rattled by the onslaught of questions students posed. One popular topic surrounded the decision to make students pay $23.1 million of the total $36 million cost. While it seems sensible to take money from other areas of the University’s budget, Kielmeyer said the only real way to generate money for the Stroh Center was from general fees. Taking money from the designated “pots” involving academics, residence halls and dining halls was not an option. “We are using a system that has been in place, and that is a representative form of government,” Kielmeyer said, touching on the University’s 40-year plus policy on USG procedures. “The hope of the University is that the students will support the referendum tomorrow.” “A lot of this information should have been out months

The Big Event as seen at Texas A&M to speak to the community through service,” Mutgi said. “We don’t want to hit the student three times a week because they can only hear something so much before they stop listening.” How the candidates would help increase enrollment and retention rates was the final question before closing remarks, in which both candidates held a firm stance. “The Building Dreams Campaign ended in March,” Wu said. “That is good because there is more money for scholarships and those scholarships will bring in students. We need to market that money.” “We need to focus on retaining students,” Basch said. “We need to get them involved in organizations like Greek life, UAO, Dance Marathon and so on so they can bond with people and do more than sit in their dorm room ... We need to encourage them to make

connections and give them a home here.” Once closing remarks were over, in which the candidates reiterated their platforms and thanked the audience, some in the audience felt better and more in sync with USG.

ago,” Communications Director for a Stroh Center Referendum Rich Ehrbar said. An intense back-and-forth dialogue between Ehrbar and Waynick occurred about Erhbar’s frustration with the lack of materials available such as a cost-benefit analysis of the Stroh Center. Kielmeyer repeatedly said there was a lack of information present during this whole process, but Waynick countered describing his efforts in sharing information with his constituents, along with USG senators. “The information was out there,” Waynick said. Now available online is an updated FAQ about the Stroh Center and concerns undergraduates may have. Meetings with community members, alumni and students were made available to the public months before USG’s Feb. 23 vote, but were poorly attended, Waynick said. People only seemed interested once they became aware of a monetary fee that would raise tuition

costs, he said. “I’m proud of the fact that [the fee] is transparent,” Waynick said, adding that many universities dupe students with hidden fees. Because the Stroh fee is a general fee, students do get a say in its approval. “This is one question we do get to give feedback on,” he said. Waynick supports USG’s original resolution and shares similar sentiments with the administrators on upholding the decision with the phrase “Pro Stroh, vote no.” The slogan came from the BGSU Foundation, which invested around $3,500 for advertisements and sponsorships, including the campus radio station WBGU-fm. The University has also spent over $4,000 on advertisements and FAQ fliers. None of these materials promote voting one way or the other. Many attendees either confirmed or switched their opinion due to compelling answers provided by Whipple and company.

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“I wanted to hear what would stay the same and what would change next year and I feel like I did,” senior Sarah Kersey said. “More students showed up this year to the debate because USG did a phenomenal job this past year getting

more students informed and interested.” Junior Caitlin Keelor showed up to the debate to show support for her candidate of choice and also to show that she cares about even the smallest issues.

“It’s important to show up to these things because students are up in hoops and hollers about an issue like the Stroh Center, but they need to be informed and actually take action. USG is about more than just one issue.”

BEN LOHMAN | THE BG NEWS

SPEAKING THEIR MINDS: L-R presidential candidate Sundeep Mutgi and his running mate Kevin Basch, Rob Emmelhainz and his running mate Enoch Wu. Issues of discussion at last night’s debate included USG’s role in the Stroh Center vote, USG’s representation of the student body and creating more unity between the campus and community

“I think it’s critical where everyone stands on the issue. Students need to exercise their vote,” Whipple said on the importance of people logging on and voting. “It’s frustrating for students to have opinions and not vote.” While every question might not have been fully answered, founder of the coalition and moderator Steve Currie said the event was worthwhile for people to have their questions addressed. “Overall, the night is a success,” Currie said. “People got their questions answered. There was definitely questions that got side-stepped, and we knew this would happen, but they didn’t lie.” “I expected a lot more people but [I’m] glad there wasn’t because of the intense dialogue,” coalition member Joe Edens said. “I couldn’t be happier with the students’ participation at this town-hall. I’m happy I’m part of a very democratic event for this important issue.”

BEN LOHMAN | THE BG NEWS

MUTGI/BASCH 2009: Sundeep Mutgi and Kevin Basch are running on a platform of campus beautification, experience, dining services management and working on Section O.

BEN LOHMAN | THE BG NEWS

EMMELHAINZ/WU 2009: Rob Emmelhainz and Enoch Wu are running on a platform of campus and community unity, updated learning facilities and student representation.

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